5 Private NYC Clubs You'll Actually Want To Join

Back in college, we were more about Sociology class than sororities, and since then, we've managed to remain pretty egalitarian. In NYC there's so much to do that we're not 100% sure about paying dues for some extra extra-curriculars. But, sometimes, even the most enthusiastic Big Apple dweller can feel a little lost from lack of community. If you want a new home-away-from-home or a quiet room to work on your own version of the Great American Novel, membership fees begin to have a lot more purpose. Enter our guide to five of the city's private clubs you might actually want to join, with a list that caters to everyone from the up-and-coming artist to the daring foodie. While we can offer you the very best options for the members' only experience, the one thing we can't sadly do is get you in.
Click through for 5 private NYC clubs you'll actually want to join!
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The Explorers Club

Members of the over-100-year-old Explorers Club have traveled the earth, sea, and sky, navigating all corners of this planet (and some other celestial bodies), though lucky for you they meet in this central location on the UES. The club is intended to unite these world-class explorers, and offer travel opportunities and itineraries to continue in the same spirit of the search for knowledge and scientific discovery.
How to get in: With some of its most notable members including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Jacques Piccard, this membership is not for the adventure-phobe or the travel novice. The induction usually requires sponsorship letters from current members and Fellow dues start around $150-250 per year.

The Explorers Club; 46 East 70th Street (between Madison and Park avenues); 212-628-8383.
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Core Club NYC

With a name that suggests utmost importance, The Core Club (or, as they call it, Core:club) is where NYC's most affluent work, play and dine with none other than their fellow fat-walleted friends. The Core has nearly every amenity and comfort that one could look for in a members-only establishment, such as world class salons and spas, private suites for business meetings or a homey staycation, 24-hour fitness facilities, and rotating art exhibitions (among the likes of Warhol and Yoshitake Amano) for those who'd rather have the museum come to them.
How to get in: If your income has enough figures to pick up the bill (approximately $50,000 for a membership and $15,000 in yearly dues), then feel free to schedule a tour or plan to discuss membership criteria with their Membership Manager via their web site.

Core, 66 East 55th Street (between Madison and Park avenues); 212-486-6600.
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Montauk Club

Park Slope's Montauk Club adds a modern twist to a gentlemen's club, with a diverse, and mostly young, crowd. Since the majority of members are under 35 years old, single and according to their web site "good looking" (but you can be the judge), this BK meeting place is a premier spot to hit up Happy Hour and socialize with year-round events including Super Bowl Parties, Wine and Beer Clubs, and monthly cocktail soirees on the beautiful grounds inspired by the palaces on Venice's Grand Canal.
How to get in: New applications are approved monthly, and membership dues start as low as $550 for the year. Furthermore, the application is super easy and can be submitted directly from the web site.

The Montauk Club, 25 8th Avenue (near Lincoln Place); Brookyn; 718-638-0800.
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The National Arts Club

Located on Gramercy Park South, the National Arts Club is a hub for artists and art enthusiasts, as envisioned during its inception in 1898 by New York Times literary and art critic, Charles de Kay. Members enjoy a stocked gallery calendar, classes (French, drawing, and tap dancing, to name a few), and honorary events, all based from their meeting grounds in the beautiful Tilden Mansion.
How to get in: Membership for the NAC runs on an invitation-only basis, however a beautifully-written letter of interest, an impressive resume of past accomplishments, and a strong volunteer history may just land you the invite you're looking for.

The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (near 20th Street); 212-674-8824.
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Norwood

Tucked away on West 14th Street, with an entrance that appears, at first glance, like any other townhouse, Norwood is an NYC playground for creative and artsy types. Equipped with plenty of space to express all that imagination, the $1000 initiation fee and $775 yearly dues will provide you access to a 50-seat Club Room restaurant, three lounge bars, a 45-seat screening room, private event spaces, and a walled garden.
How to get in: An application for the club where the Olsen twins have partied can be downloaded directly on the web and included some college-application style essay questions, including "What is your most satisfying accomplishment?" and "Who would you most like to collaborate with?"

Norwood, 241 West 14th Street (between 7th and 8th avenues); 212-255-9300.
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